Gippsland Water has recently completed sewer relining work in the Victorian towns of Drouin, Warragul, Moe, Newborough and Morwell to improve pipe strength and performance.
The sewer relining is achieved by pulling through a new internal ‘skin’ within the pipe which is then inflated and heated with steam.
Once the lining cools, some final work is completed before the main is ‘re-opened’ for business.
General Manager of Customer Service and Communications at Gippsland Water, Paul Clark, said, “We spend around $1 million a year on this type of project which sees sewer mains relined to improve the structural strength of the pipe, reduce the risk of leakage and generally improve the pipe’s performance.
“This type of technology not only gives us a first rate result, it also means we can improve the performance of sewer mains without having to do excavation of roads, easements and pavements, which are a major inconvenience to the community and an added cost to us.”
The relining program has been in place for 10 years and has seen mains relined in major towns throughout the region during that period.
Work in 2017 will see mains relined in Morwell, Traralgon, Sale and Maffra to improve service, protect the environment and provide reliability for the community in future years.